Meet The Team
Sydney is a seasoned Engineer and technology leader. He brings to Zamtel 12 years experience in planning, designing, operating and modernizing of Telecommunication networks in Central and East Africa. At Zamtel, he is tasked with driving the Technology Strategy of Zamtel that will see network modernization to enhance quality and availability of services.
Sydney holds a Master's Degree in Communication Engineering (University of Manchester, UK) and Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Telecommunication (University of Zambia).
Sydney worked for Ericsson East Africa as Head of Design & Planning and for Celtel as Senior Planning Engineer. At Ericsson, Sydney setup the Design and Planning Organisation which was responsible for technology roadmap and migration for Airtel networks in the region. While at Celtel, Sydney was involved in the establishment of the Planning Section and planned the network which saw growth from a few hundreds of thousand subscribers to over two million subscribers.
Sydney's dynamic personality enabled him to successfully handle Sales. While at Ericsson, Sydney brought to the Company tens of millions of dollars in revenue when he was a Senior Customer Solution Sales Manager.
Sydney is the current chairman of the National Task Force on Digital Migration of Television for the Republic of Zambia.
Sydney Mupeta CEO
Nchimunya Hachandi joined Zamtel as Chief Financial Officer from Airtel Sierra Leone where he served in the capacity of Finance Director for 2 years. He has nearly 16 years of experience in business advisory services, financial operations and management in the telecommunications and audit sector, including eight years at Airtel (former Zain and Celtel), which he joined in 2003.
During his time at Airtel Zambia, he held various senior positions, including manager of finance, business planning and also responsible for the investor relations and was instrumental in the financial management of the most extensive communications network that Airtel undertook between 2004 to 2007.
Prior to joining Airtel, Nchimunya was a senior Associate of the Assurance and Business Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a lead member of various audit and accountancy assignments with major focus on telecommunication companies.
Nchimunya has served on the board of Airtel Money Trustees Sierra Leone as well as Airtel Towers Sierra Leone. Nchimunya earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the Copperbelt University and is a fellow of the ACCA and ZICA. He holds a postgraduate diploma of finance from Manchester Business School, UK. Nchimunya also holds a practice license as a certified public accountant.
Nchimunya Hachandi Chief Financial Officer
Albert brings to Zamtel more than 20 years of experience in IT service delivery spanning different industries ranging from Railways (Zambia Railways) Manufacturing (Dunlop), Banking (CitiBank Zambia) and Telecoms (Zain/Airtel).
His 12 years in telecoms at Zain/Airtel, spurred him to the peak as IT Director with Airtel Malawi between 2009 and 2011 where he is credited with transforming the IT and Data Centre relating to processes, procedures, Data safes and Data Centre capacity upgrade.
Albert has been involved in the successful swap of two billing systems from Service Nodes (Intervoice) to Ericsson IN, BSCS (post Paid) to Homisco Vanx. He holds a Bachelors Degree (Mathematics - University of Zambia), and Post Graduate Diploma (Business Administration) from the Edinburgh Business School, Herriot-Watt University.
Albert Salima Chief Information Services Officer
Leya commands just over 15 years of experience in law practice cutting across different service industries such as aviation, compensation and education. Over the years, she has practiced law both in private as well as public institutions.
Admitted to practice as an Advocate in Zambia in November 1997, Leya launched her legal career in the airline industry where she practiced labour, contract aviation and international law as Corporate Legal Counsel for Aero Zambia Limited for about two years.
She then later worked for the Legal Resources Foundation as an Advocate for about six months before joining a private law firm, Shamwana and Company, where she practiced as an Advocate for five years.
Later, Leya joined corporate practice in 2006 and joined the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board as Legal Officer. After that, she joined Zambia Postal Services Corporation (ZAMPOST) as Assistant Legal Counsel.
Before joining Zamtel, she worked as Legal Counsel for the University of Zambia where she rendered legal advice to the University of Zambia Council and served as Company Secretary for Zamnet Communication Systems Limited, a subsidiary of the University of Zambia. Leya is a member of the Law Association of Zambia.
Leya Mtonga Ngoma Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer
Bwalya Freelance has served Zamtel in various positions for 13 years. He has massive experience in telecoms technical operations, program management and project management. He is an expert in Telecom transmission and transport systems including DWDM, IP-Transport and Microwave.
Freelance holds a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Telecommunication Engineering (Blekinge Institute of Technology - BTH, Sweden) and a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) Degree in Telecommunication (Copperbelt University). He is also a certified project management practitioner in PRINCE2 (APMG and ZEROX). Freelance is also Certified in program management MSP (APMG).
During his time with Zamtel from 2004 and 2017, he has held various senior positions including, transmission manager, principle engineer and senior manager-projects implementation in which he took lead of the reorganization program to introduce efficiencies and align project management to best practices and standards.
Before joining Zamtel, Freelance was a project engineer at Asea Brown Boveri - ABB Zambia where he was responsible for successful delivery of the Zesco power rehabilitation project in Kitwe.
Bwalya Freelance Acting Chief Technical Officer
Mooka brings to Zamtel nineteen (19) years of Human Resources experience ranging from HR internal consultancy, administration of human resources policies and procedures to strategic level of heading the Human resources function.
He has previously worked in different private and public firms including Zambia Sugar Zambia Wild Life Authority, NAPSA and the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia.
Over years, Mooka has developed unique competencies that underlie increased productivity in the use of human capital. He has in-depth knowledge and experience in designing, implementing and maintaining company job evaluation instruments, Organization structures and output based performance management systems. He is a qualified competency based interviewer through HAY/MCBER professional training.
Mooka holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) - ESAMI - Arusha Tanzania, Bsc - Production Management with the Copperbelt University of Zambia as well as a Management Services Diploma with the Institute of Management Services (IMS) - UK. He is a member of the Zambia Institute of Human Resources Management (ZIHRM) and a Corporate Member of the Institute Of Management Services - UK.
Mooka Akapelwa Silumbu Chief Human Resources & Administration Officer
Lho Zindaaba brings to Zamtel over 16 years of work experience in Senior Management positions and exposure to both local and international organizations. She has experience working with private, government and non-government organisations.
Lho Zindaaba is tasked with directing Zamtel's Marketing Strategies and re-positioning the brand to be the number one preferred choice in the market.
She is a graduate of the University of Lincoln with a Masters of Business Administration degree with a dissertation in finance UK. She also has a Bachelor of arts degree in the schools of Industrial psychology and Economics.
Lho Zindaaba has a certificate from Bleckinge Institute of Technology, in Ronneby, Sweden in the schools of liberalised telecoms market policies. She is a member of the Economics Association of Zambia and the Zambia Institute of Marketing.
She has previously worked as Country Director for Allied Mobile (Nokia International) as well as Commercial Services Director with the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company. Her earlier exposure to telecommunication was at Telecel Zambia, now MTN where she worked as Head of Marketing and Commercial Business. In her personal life, Lho-zindaaba is a born again Christian.
Lho-zindaaba Sakala Chief Marketing Officer
Mr Muhanga has 15 years of experience in marketing and commercial activities in the FMCG, tourism and telecommunication industries.
He rose through the ranks to the position of Marketing Director at Celtel/Zain Zambia and was later posted to Sierra Leone in the same capacity.
Mr Evans Muhanga is a Fellow of Zambia Institute of Marketing (ZIM) and a Member of Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK.
He holds Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriott-Watt University, Professional Diploma in Marketing (DipM - CIM UK) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Productions and Operations Management from Copperbelt University Business School.
He is the current President of Zambia Institute of Marketing (ZIM). He also serves on several boards and committees including IBA, ZHECT, ZTA and ACC.
Evans Muhanga Chief Sales and Distribution Officer